Rating: 4/5 stars
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is very much a Beauty and the Beast re-telling with a very strong Young Adult vibe. Being that I am quite caught up in the current Beauty and The Beast Live Action craze, I was really looking forward to reading this book. Prior to this book, the only other Sarah J. Maas book that I have read was Throne of Glass. I liked that book but I liked this book much better.
Feyre is our heroine. She and her family are struggling to get by and rely on Feyre’s hunting skills. It is on one of her treks into the forest that she comes across a humongous wolf who she suspects to be faerie. Faerie are dangerous and Feyre doesn’t hesitate to kill and skin it for its pelt. Little does she know how this action will change the course of her life.
Where in the original Beauty and the Beast, Beauty winds up with the Beast because of her father pilfering a rose, in this story Feyre winds up with her beast/faerie as a result of killing the wolf. I liked the story line and the introduction of the Fae world and Feyre’s relationship with her captor, Tamlin. There is a lot of magic and faeries and conflict. Feyre is a typical YA heroine who has to go through hideous trials and tribulations to save the day. I like YA novels for their fantasy and world building, but I still haven’t been won over by the assassin/kick-ass heroines who have to go through such torturous physical pain in order to be victorious. I still like a good, old-fashioned fairy tale ending with no broken bones.
That said, I do actually look forward to reading the next book in this series.